The next time you see that little girl selling paper flags at the signal, don’t just ride past. Watch and learn.
1. Thinking on your toes.
You might get all the knowledge in the world from all the books you read, but there are lessons you will only learn by handling tough situations and by going through hardships.
2. Their never-say-die attitude.
Street kids don’t let harsh situations bog them down. They might know poverty as an obstacle, but they also know resourceful ways to overcome it.
3. Their eagerness to learn.
Slum kids are always eager to go to school. Ask volunteers who teach slum kids, and they will tell you how brilliant these kids are at academics.
4. Their ability to sell you anything.
You just bought something from the kid at the signal just because she had a cute smile. Now there’re some great salesmanship lessons here, right?
5. Their value for friendship.
Street kids value friendship the most. They do all their chores together, and share a great sense of camaraderie with their friends and the neighbourhood at large.
6. Their ambition.
Despite lacking proper education and basic amenities, street kids have dreams. Ask them and they will tell you how they would like to be air-hostesses, lawyers, or even actors.
7. Their hard work and dedication.
Street kids are used to working hard to make ends meet. They shoulder their responsibilities well. There are kids who work part-time during the day and then attend night school. Now isn’t that inspiring?
8. Their appreciation for the little things in life.
That they don’t get things easily in life, they tend to appreciate little things. Unlike us, who want anything and everything. They never let greed take over their lives, and stretch their legs according to the size of their quilts.
9. Their positive attitude.
You will never see street kids whining or cribbing about their lives. Instead, they are always full of hope and emerge as total winners.
10. No matter what, the smiles always stay.
A grin brighter than sunshine, it never fades. No matter what.